Silver Slugger Award lands Astros' Altuve in exclusive company all-time
Earlier this week, it was announced that Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was the recipient of a Silver Slugger Award - his second consecutive season taking home the honor.
In 2015, Altuve had another phenomenal season for the Astros, hitting .313/.353/.459 with a career-high 15 home runs and 66 RBI, 38 stolen bases and 200 hits en route to his third All-Star appearance and first career Gold Glove Award.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com pointed out that with his Silver Slugger and Gold Glove recognition, Altuve joined some pretty exclusive company in the Astros' all-time history books:
He's the third player in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger Award, presented by Louisville Slugger, and a Gold Glove Award in the same season, joining second baseman Craig Biggio (1994-95, '97) and first baseman Jeff Bagwell (1994).
What's more, Altuve is the 10th Astro all-time to be given a Silver Slugger Award for his offensive exploits:
There have been 10 Astros who have won a Silver Slugger Award: Altuve (2014-15), outfielder Carlos Lee (2007), third baseman Morgan Ensberg (2005), left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton (1999), outfielder Moises Alou (1998), Bagwell (1994, '97, '99), Biggio (catcher in 1989, second baseman in 1994-95, 1997-98), first baseman Glenn Davis (1986), outfielder Jose Cruz (1983-84) and shortstop Dickie Thon (1983).
With Houston primed for another postseason run in 2016, look for yet more accolades to be showered down upon the standout infielder for years to come.